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Burning Hydrocarbons with by products

  1. Apr 29, 2007 #1
    Would it ever be possible to make a synthetic hydrocarbon that wouldn't produce harmful by products.
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  3. Apr 30, 2007 #2
    I assume you mean when burned in oxygen. There will always be some product of the reaction. Carbon dioxide seems "harmful" in the sense that it is a greenhouse gas. I don't know what you can burn that won't produce CO2, but I'm no chemist. My question would be what products do you consider harmful?
  4. Apr 30, 2007 #3


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    Thermodynamically, CO2 is a desirable product of hydrocarbon combustion.
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